James Seabright in association with Jason Haigh-Ellery and Park Theatre presents the Birmingham Rep production of

The Way Old Friends Do

By Ian Hallard

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Directed by Mark Gatiss




A new comedy about devotion, desire and dancing queens.

In the late 1980s, two school friends from Birmingham tentatively come out to one another: one as gay, the other as an ABBA fan. Nearly thirty years later, a chance meeting sets them on an exciting new path, and they decide to form the world’s first ABBA tribute band – in drag. But can their friendship survive the tribulations of a life on the road; one full of platform boots, fake beards and a distractingly attractive stranger?

Tender and laugh-out-loud funny in equal measures, this heartfelt story will appeal to anyone who understands how it feels to be a fan: of ABBA or of anyone.

The Way Old Friends Do is written by Ian Hallard (The Boys in the Band, Park Theatre and Scenes From An Execution; National Theatre), and directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula, Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen).


★★★★★ “So much to love, whether you’re an ABBA fan or not… hilariously funny and bang on the Money, Money, Money” Reviews Hub

★★★★ “A super trouper of a show” WhatsOnStage.com

★★★★ “Full of heart... features enough witty one-liners to lift the spirits, whether or not you’re an ABBA fan” The Stage

★★★★ “A high-energy ode to fandom and friendship that'll leave you with a giddy grin” Attitude

★★★★ “A genuine love letter to ABBA… blisteringly funny one-liners” Broadway World

★★★★ “Take a chance on this show and I guarantee you will have the time of your life” All That Dazzles